Commend City’s Use of Fire Fighting Goats

Goat Chewing Grass

Target: Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Goal: Commend San Francisco for reducing wildfire risk by using goats that eat dry underbrush

With California entering its worst drought in history, wildfires are easily sparked by the dry underbrush and lack of rain. Despite being a coastal city, San Francisco has started to run into this problem and the city has enlisted the help of goats to reduce wildfires. These herbivores have a hefty appetite and can easily eat away at dense vegetation, leaving behind green meadows and a biodegradable fertilizer. Commend the city for this green solution that’s normally solved with pesticides and machinery.

The business of raising goats to fight fires has been popular in recent years due to how efficiently the goats get rid of dry underbrush. Cities in California have been tackling the problem of dry underbrush with pesticides, heavy machinery, or simply starting fires. These solutions came with serious side effects, hence why cities like San Francisco, Los Angelos, Portland, and Seattle have turned to goats for help.

These animals can not only graze in urban areas, but goats can easily get to steep hillsides that isn’t easily accessible for heavy machinery. While grazing, these goats leave a biodegradable fertilizer that doesn’t harm the environment, restore plant species, clean the air, and reduce water pollution. This technique of clearing land is a tradition, one that is being used very heavily in the west. San Francisco also used goats to clear the grass and other vegetation in the city’s airport — and while the goats took a while to get used to the noise of planes leaving and taking off, their presence was a huge success.

Fire fighting goats are definitely a green alternative to pesticides or machinery and this solution should be commended. Sign this petition and thank the mayor of San Francisco for seeking a solution that is beneficial for the environment.


Dear Mayor Edwin M. Lee,

I am writing this letter to commend your city’s decision to use goats to rid your city’s problem of dry underbrush. I know California is in the midst of its worst drought and wildfires will be a serious concern during the summer. I am grateful that your city sought a green alternative solution to this problem instead of resorting to pesticides or machinery.

Not only did your city benefit from green meadows and a decrease in homeless encampments, but your environment will benefit from these goats as well. These goats will restore native plant life, reduce water pollution and wildfires, and clean the city’s air. Again, I want to commend you for this decision and I hope to see the city utilize more green solutions to their problems.


[Your Name Here]

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